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Issue Date: June 2008

The Diff

Can you spot the distinctive elements of the dueling Dishes?
Ian Hoffman
There’s one thing the owners of Dish Global Deli and Dish Deli & Catering want you to know: They are not related! Got that? Good. (Yeah, we were confused too, since both of these friendly neighborhood delis specialize in yummy, healthy dishes.) So in the interest of public service, we present a handy Deli Distinctions chart:
Dish Global Deli Dish Deli & Catering
Ohio City
1834 W. 25th St.
(216) 589-9700
1112 Kenilworth Ave.
(216) 523-7000
Tue-Fri, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.; Fri and Sat:
Dish After Dark, 6 p.m. - ?; Sat and Sun, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Mon-Fri, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.; Sat. 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Seating 22-24 inside, 12 outside
6 inside, 12-15 outside
First impressions
The DGD logo is a nod to Japanese anime. Written large on the storefront, it’s a perfect introduction to the eclectic menu inside. Just one step inside diminutive Dish’s front door reveals a full view of the impressively stocked glass display case. What you see is what you get.
Atmosphere Warm and cozy half-restaurant/half-deli with a chalkboard menu to complete the homey feel
Spartan. Take your grub back to the office, or across the street to Lincoln Park. This is 100 percent deli.
Global or local?
Featuring treats from five continents (albeit no vegemite sandwiches), this joint lives up to its name.
In the summer, Dish procures its tomatoes and collard greens from a garden one block away. Now that’s local.
Best seller Vegan Schmegan (black beans, grilled tempeh, hummus, roasted red peppers, mixed greens, sprouted grain wrap panini-pressed), $8
Chicken salad (with grapes, toasted almonds, greens and honey mayo), $5.50
Our favorite name
Fungus Frenzy (wild mushroom, roasted garlic, swiss, truffle-artichoke aioli sandwich on nine-grain bread), $8.50
Kitchen Sink (turkey, ham, cheese, tomatoes, cucumber, olives, peppers, red onion, artichokes, bacon, blue cheese salad with balsamic vinaigrette), $8
Busiest time Sunday brunch (served all day)
Weekday lunch, noon - 2:30 p.m.
You may remember her from Executive chef and co-owner Heather Campbell once ran the kitchen at the erstwhile Ohio City hotspot Fulton Bar & Grill.
Chef/owner Donna Chriszt (known as the “main dish” on her business card) brought us local favorites such as Jeso, J Café and OZ.
Best reason to come
"We believe that eating whole grains and organic is the best way to go,” says Heather’s sister and Dish co-owner, Betsy Campbell. “My sister has this knack for putting together healthy food that doesn’t taste healthy.”
Chriszt promises something for everyone — she’ll even whip upspecial requests if you give her a few days notice.

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